Funniest Twitter Reactions, Jokes & Gifs

Unless you live under the world’s biggest rock, by now you’ve already heard that LeBron James will spend the next four years of his professional basketball career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and will be getting paid $154 million to do so.

As expected, the internet went NUTS over the news and took no time posting hilarious memes, jokes and GIFs all over social media, especially Twitter. And while most of the memes focused on LeBron’s “Decision 2018,” a fair amount of them also focused on Lance Stephen also agreeing to join LeBron and his new quest to add to his collection of championship rings. Kobe Bryant, J.R. Smith and Lonzo Ball also made a few appearances.

Check out some of the best/funniest reactions to LeBron James joining the L.A. Lakers below:

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LeBron James Signs 4-Year $154 Million Deal With Los Angeles Lakers

He really did it. LeBron James is taking his talents out West to play for the Los Angeles Lakers after signing a 4-year deal with the team worth $154 million.

Bron’s agency, Klutch Sports Group, made the big announcement Sunday evening (Jul. 1) via Twitter.

The news should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following James the past few months. And after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the second year in the row (and the third time over the past four seasons), the writing was pretty much on the wall.

James officially became an unrestricted free agent Friday after opting out of his contract with the Cavaliers Friday and declining a $35.6 million contract option for next season.

Magic Johnson, who is currently the president of basketball operations of the Lakers, is said to have engaged in immediate talks with LeBron as soon as he landed in Los Angeles on Saturday.

It isn’t clear who else might be joining LeBron, but the word on the curb is that the Lakers are trying to get Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to sign with them, which shouldn’t be too hard after snagging King James.

Now that LeBron is playing for a Western team, it’ll be interesting to see which squad will land in the 2019 NBA Finals—between the Lakers, the Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

LeBron is expected to make an official announcement about his new team on Tuesday.

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LeBron James Punched Blackboard After Game 1 & Played Rest of Finals With a Broken Hand

Despite LeBron James averaging 34 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent throughout the 2018 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not win a single game against the Golden State Warriors. On Friday (Jun. 8), they were swept out of the Finals.

The one game that they had a chance to win, though, was Game 1. You remember that game right? The game where George Hill missed the game-winning free-throw and J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound only to commit the biggest blunder of his life, dribbling out the clock and forcing overtime. The Cavs wounded up with a devastating 124-114 loss, and tons of hilarious memes were created. This we know.

But we didn’t know, apparently, was that LeBron James threw a temper tantrum after the game and punched a blackboard in the locker room out of frustration, causing him to suffer a bone contusion in his right shooting hand.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Sam Amick of USA Today tweeted that James played in the last three games of the Finals with the injury.

Amick said LeBron had an MRI after Game 1, but his hand was too swollen for doctors to see anything. “A second MRI was taken later that indicated it’s a bone contusion in the right hand. It is not expected to require surgery,” Amick tweeted.

Windhorst reiterated Amick’s report, saying that LeBron wasn’t using his injury as an excuse, but he chose to keep quiet “to prevent [the] Warriors from knowning.”

During LeBron’s postgame press conference after Game 4, he commented on the injury, admitting that he’s basically been playing the last three games with a broken hand. He even had a cast on to prove it! He did not, however, confirm that he punched a board to cause the injury.

His exact quote:

“What happened? Self-inflicted, post-game after Game 1. Very emotional, for a lot of different reasons. Understanding how important Game 1 is on the road for our ballclub, what would that have done for us. The way we played, the calls that was made throughout the course of that game, I had emotions on the game was taken away from us. I had emotions of you just don’t get opportunities like this on the road, versus Golden State, to be able to get a Game 1. And I let the emotions get the best of me. I pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that’s what it is.”

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Funniest Reactions to Smith’s 2018 Finals Game 1 Goof

When you f**k up your team’s chances of winning the first NBA Finals matchup, you can expect to become the butt of endless jokes and the subject of countless memes all over the Internet. We’re talking about you, J.R. Smith!

The last minute of Thursday night’s (May 31) Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals was pretty wild, to say the least. First, the refs questionably overturned a charge on Kevin Durant. Then, George Hill of the Cavaliers had a chance to win the game with two free throws, of which one he missed. But when J.R. Smith retrieved the rebound, that’s when sh*t hit the fan.

With less than 5 seconds remaining, and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors tied at 107, J.R. Smith grabbed an offensive rebound off George Hill’s missed free throw and had a chance to win the game.

But instead of taking a shot or passing it to another teammate to attempt a shot, Smith took the ball out beyond the arc just as the shot clock expired, as if his team had the lead and he was trying to run the clock out or draw a foul. LeBron’s reaction was priceless:

And here’s the video footage:

Smith’s blunder forced the game into overtime, and the Warriors ended up taking a 1-0 series lead with a 124-114 victory. After the game, there were conflicting explanations for Smith’s terrible decision at the end of the fourth quarter.

“He thought we were up one,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. But Smith said he knew what the score was. “I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off,” Smith told reporters. “I knew we were tied; I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I’d have held on to the ball and let them foul me.”

Regardless of what Smith “thought,” he f**ked up bad. REAL BAD. And the memes were swift, brutal, plentiful, and, above all, HEE-LARIOUS.

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